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Nationally ranked in nine pediatric specialties, #2 Children’s Hospital in North Carolina

Chapel Hill, N.C.UNC Children’s in Chapel Hill has been ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” report released today. Hospital specialties must be graded in the top 50 to be considered “nationally ranked.”

Locally, UNC Children’s was ranked as the #2 children’s hospital in North Carolina and #4 in the Southeast region.

The hospital is nationally ranked in nine out of 10 pediatric specialties, two in the top 20: Pediatric Pulmonology and Neurology/Neurosurgery.

UNC Children’s pediatric specialties nationally ranked by US News include:      

  • Neonatology
  • Pediatric Cancer
  • Pediatric Diabetes
    & Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery
  • Pediatric Urology
Stephanie Davis, MD
Stephanie D. Davis, MD

To create the pediatric rankings, US News gathers key clinical data from nearly 200 medical centers through a detailed survey that looks at measures such as patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing. Additionally, a portion of each hospital’s score is derived from surveys of more than 15,000 pediatric specialists who are asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

In 2023, only 89 children’s hospitals nationwide were ranked in at least one of the 10 pediatric specialties US News evaluates.

“I cannot overstate how proud I am of the work being done by our team,” said Stephanie Duggins Davis, MD, Physician-in-Chief for UNC Children’s. “Improving quality and bringing innovation to everything we do has enabled UNC Children’s to be nationally ranked across a wide variety of pediatric specialties.”


About UNC Children’s

As a top-tier academic medical center, UNC Children’s upholds a mission to promote the health of all children in an inclusive, equitable culture through compassionate, family-centered care, tireless advocacy, scientific discovery, and education of future leaders.

Our nearly 350 physicians and providers are clinical and research faculty of the UNC School of Medicine, their medical expertise spanning nearly 50 programs in the School of Medicine’s 20 clinical departments, including 15 divisions in the UNC Department of Pediatrics. They are joined by more than 1,800 clinical staff, all dedicated to providing exemplary, compassionate care to the thousands of children we treat each year.